Emma Willard School

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
  • Calling All Girls—Bring us your smart, your unique, your silly; Bring us your thoughtful and dedicated! Bring us the girls seeking to change the world.
  • Emma Willard School is a place where authenticity is celebrated, and girls are encouraged to discover and be their very best selves.
  • Please visit our website, www.emmawillard.org to learn more, or contact admissions@emmawillard.org to schedule a visit.

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  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars  
    Northeastern University
    Emma Willard is especially good at facilitating discussion based classrooms using the Harkness Method. I am finding now that I am in college classes that are all large lectures that Emma Willard's teachers were especially. . .

  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars  
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Emma Willard's home on Mount Ida is in itself one of a kind. The moment you step on campus, you enter a different world of gray stone walls and unbridled passion. Emma Willard's small, close-knit. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars  
    Dartmouth College
    One of my favorite parts about Emma Willard was the round table method of teaching. All humanities classes were taught around a round table, so that all of the students could see one another. Teachers. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2019 School Data
Emma Willard SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18141909
Campus Size137 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment358 students318 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1400* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2317
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$93 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$23,450$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT66%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJamie Hicks-Furgang
Associate Director of AdmissionsLaura Parker Burgess '02


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1916
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter Track


Total Extracurricular Organizations4323
ExtracurricularsInstructional Tennis

Club or Organization:
Activities Council, African Aid, Animation Club, Architecture Club, Art Room Monitor, Black and Hispanic Awareness (BHA), Chamber Group, Conservation Society, DPP (Dance Performance Project), Drawing, painting, pottery, Emma Green, Emma Now- Student Run Blog, Fair Trade Store, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Foreign and American Student Organization, Horsebackrding (English), Instructional Ice Hockey, Instrument Ensemble, Kush (Radio Station), Martial Arts, Multicultural Awareness Club, Music lessons (piano, brass, singing), Muslin Student Association, Open Doors, Outdoor Program, Portfolio, Rock Ensemble, Shakespeare, Snowboarding, Spring Theater Workshop, Student/Faculty Senate, Technical Theater, UNICEF

Arts and Music Programs:
Agonies, Campus Players, Choir, Kickball, Literature Live, Planet@CA (environmental club), Road Biking

School Notes

  • For more than 200 years, Emma Willard has been the premier school for curious, driven girls seeking “more” from their educations. Our girls—known as Emma Girls—follow in the footsteps of our founder, Madame Emma Hart Willard, who believed girls were entitled to the same quality education their brothers had, and opened her own girls’ school in 1814 at the young age of 27.
  •  Emma Willard School prides itself on being a sustained innovator in girls’ education and offers personalized programming that enables our girls to explore their personal passions hands-on—whether that means working in a biotechnology lab, getting started in journalism, building on one’s graphic artistry, investigating philanthropy, and more! Our personalized approach enables girls to expand both their minds and confidence while learning alongside likeminded girls from across the United States and world.
  •  Whether a girl is a day or boarding student, she is sure to find her place among our widely diverse student body, and will be supported by Emma’s close-knit community of faculty, staff, and advisors throughout her journey.
  •  In addition to offering a rigorous academic program designed to challenge and inspire our girls, Emma offers ample time for fun, too. Throughout the year, girls take part in our schools’ long-held traditions such as Eventide, May Day, Principal’s Playday, and the most beloved of all—the annual senior performance of Revels.
  •  Our historic campus located in Troy, New York is minutes away from our state capital in Albany and a mere three hours from major destinations in New York City, Boston, the Adirondacks, and Montreal, providing numerous opportunities for internships, weekend activities, and field trips.
  •  Although academics is top priority, on campus our girls enjoy themselves by participating on or cheering for our 12 varsity and four junior varsity athletics teams, attending dormitory teas and get-togethers with classmates, by bowling in our newly renovated bowling alley, or with one of the many games in our student center.
  •  This balanced approach of substance and fun has well-equipped our Emma Girls for life beyond our castle walls and earned them admission into colleges such as Harvard, Georgetown University, Wellesley College, the University of Norte Dame, New York University, John Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, and many more.
  • Emma Willard School accreditations: NYSAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jane Fonda - Actress
    • Kirsten Gillibrand '84 - Junior Senator for NY State
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